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I know, scandalous title – for the non-believers that is 😉  NOM, please. Part of the reason for my existence on Twitter is this hashtag – there is no better thing to do other than discussing his music. A collection of tweets I did last year for his birthday collected and elaborated as a mandatory fanboy-scream post, so seat beats please. Sorry about the YouTube links for those behind Websense, but why not try to guess the pieces?

Up next, 10 #WhyRaajaIsGod pieces one by one for #HappyBirthday of #Ilaiyaraja. All from Mani Ratnam films, as a nod to his #HappyBirthday too.

Joie Di Vivre (And All That Begins Well)

Whatay stunner. To imagine this being delivered on such a low key film (Maniratnam and Balu Mahendra were just new kids on the block and Raja had almost reached the peak) speaks volumes not just about his genius & generosity but also knowing the best talents he works with. You also have a version of Susheela singing for Silk and Yuvan doing spruced up BGM versions in a totally intolerable film but this one wins totally – just for that voice.

Tricks of Seduction

Bass guitars are kick-ass, as always, but that bloody trick on the drums that stylishly skips the gaps between the lines ‘love love enbadhaa, sol sol manmadhaa, sonnaal podhumaa, dhaagam theerumaa’ gets my EVERY single time I listen to this song. And how Janaki, in her late 40s may be, perfectly modulates for the super gorgeous 20-something Amala! (Amala – *drool*)

Lump In The Throat

Bumping into your Long Lost Love could be the most painful thing ever and this BGM always pushes that exact pain down through your throat. As you watch this scene, Surya appears, walks in, Subbulakshmi turns at him, she walks down and he climbs up the stairs – and all this while Raja should have been counting the bars, 1,2,3,4.. and picks up naan unai neenga maattEn neenginaal thoonga maattEn sErndhadhE nam jeevanE puts it on a violin and that fits like a glove. Every musician should be a mathematician, I guess. And Raja is a great one at that. (Side note – Subbulakshmi casually and unknowingly underscores the blood relationship between Surya and Collector when she says, ‘eppadinnu therila, aana guNaththula niRaiya ungaLa mAdhiriyE irukkar’. And from there to, ‘Paththu thala raavaNan’. Sigh).

Roadside Romeo

Came across this piece casually, without any expectations, and was completely blown away. I am not much of a fan of this song but it sounds irresistibly sweet – jolly good! The nonchalance with which he offers such stuff in a totally appealing accessible manner is one quality I really admire him. The other motif in this film, based on the beautiful PoovilE mEdai naan pOdava is lovely too. (And yes, Vaidhegi Raman Kai Serum Kalam is a total #win too! All of them sadly sidelined by the monster hit Poomaalaye thOL seravA’). And who ever dislikes Revathi’s voice modulation, pliss to raise your hands.

Peace On Piano

A short piece from Geetanjali / Idhayaththai Thirudathe. This film is a treasure of scintillating background scores and choosing one among them is tough. My all time favorite title score is in this film, but I chose this one just for the sake of it. Simple, sweet yet serene.

First Impression

Brothel is the most unceremonious place to meet the Herione. He has just walked in after paying and hasn’t even bothered to take a look of her. She has been waiting for the customer and has an exam tomorrow. He walks closer discovering suddenly her trembling voice and innocence in her eyes  – A broken conversation happens the ensuing silences are oh-so-beautifully underscored by this piece. P C Sreeram is in spectacular form too.

Journey Ahead Of Time

Bunch Of Kids. Usha Uthup. And A Magic Journey. Should have been a rage when this one got released.  Raja’s compositions were always ahead of time, so no surprise that this song/album being so ahead of time.  One more reason to had Mani Ratnam kids in addition to being brats, plain nuisance and nonsense – they get to sing and dance Raja’s tunes.

Chase Of Violins

Having all those stunningly beautiful ideas in your head and being presented with the most mundane situations on screen should be so frustrating that he leashes out such great violins, almost with vengeance, on Mount Road. I especially like the way it starts on a single string with a tinge of sadness.

The One And Only Paattu Thalaivar

Insanely addictive song this one. Those hiccups in the beginning and the rhythm mimicking them are freaking genius. SPB-Janaki is possibly the best combo on any counts in TFM, They tread the charaNams’ highs and lows with the grace of seasoned skiers. And, ah, Radha looks stunning in this song!

And Finally, Crowned With The Title Score

So do you compose tiny pieces for various scenes in the film and weave a perfect harmony into them and make one whole lovely title score? Or is it actually one singular conceit being broken down onto different scenes as pieces of music? Beats me. Totally!

Happy Birthday Sir!

Written by sirumazai

ஜூன் 4, 2012 இல் 2:49 முப

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  1. Finally u have managed to fulfill our requests for your fan boy post by compiling your last year tweets 🙂 This is still refreshing even after a year- like Raaja’s Music and Mani’s films.

    //Every musician should be a mathematician, I guess. And Raja is a great one at that//. – So True!

    Kaarthik Arul

    ஜூன் 4, 2012 at 5:28 முப

  2. Knowing that you are such a fanboy of Raja, this post was certainly something to look forward to. Lovely compilation and indeed awesome description for every track.

    //Bumping into your Long Lost Love could be the most painful thing ever and this BGM always pushes that exact pain down through your throat.// See now thats why I say – Please write more often in English! 🙂

    Himanshu

    ஜூன் 4, 2012 at 4:10 பிப

  3. ஒவ்வொரு இசைத்துணுக்கு முடிஞ்சு கடைசியா அந்த ‘Crowned With The Title Score ‘கேட்டபோது நிஜமாவே ஏதோ ஒரு முடிசூட்டு விழா நிகழ்ந்த மாதிரி இருந்தது ..

    //Every musician should be a mathematician, I guess. And Raja is a great one at that..//— 🙂

    actually commenting, பிறந்தநாளன்று உங்களிடமிருந்து ஒரு தமிழ்ப் பதிவு எதிர்பார்த்தேன்!!

    Aishwarya Govindarajan

    ஜூன் 6, 2012 at 2:55 முப

  4. Kaarthik – Thank you!

    H – Thanks Raa! Obliged!

    Mayil – Thank you!

    Aishwarya – அடுத்த முறை நிச்சயம் ஒரு தமிழ் பதிவு. நன்றி 🙂

    Aravindan

    ஓகஸ்ட் 19, 2012 at 1:35 பிப


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